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While the world was focused on Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico during recent hurricanes, the tiny island of St. John went largely unnoticed. The most recent census puts the Caribbean island’s population at barely over 4,000 local residents, but when Hurricane Irma spewed Category 5 rain and wind and was followed closely by Hurricane Maria, everyone living on the 19-square-mile island was in danger. People were forced to evacuate, and countless pets were left to face the brunt of the storm on their own.
Huge thank you to some of the crew members of the US Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos based out of Puerto Rico for…
Posted by Animal Care Center of St. John on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Thanks to Ryan Moore, the homeless animals at St. John’s Animal Care Center weren’t alone. As shelter manager, Moore felt he had a responsibility to stay behind and care for the dogs and cats in his care. His wife, Tiffany, and their two young sons evacuated the island, but Moore has endured three weeks of living with minimal resources all for the sake of saving animals.
While the shelter escaped the storm mostly intact, it was a lot of work to make repairs and care for the animals. A back wall in the cat room had blown completely open, and a mudslide took out the porch connected to the building. Moore and a bare-bones team of volunteers have been working long hours to keep the building in good condition and the animals safe. His goal is to make sure every animal already in the system is accounted for and animals left behind by their owners are brought to safety. With storm debris blocking roadways and causing power outages, his task hasn’t been easy.
Moore turned to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for help. The organization’s disaster relief team brought a ton (literally) of dog food to be distributed on St. John and the neighboring island of St. Thomas, and they started facilitating reunions between lost pets and their owners. Moore worked with IFAW to make a big difference for the suffering animals, but when Hurricane Maria started show her force, IFAW was forced to evacuate.
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Posted by Ryan Moore on Saturday, September 23, 2017
Moore weathered Hurricane Maria alongside the shelter animals and posted to Facebook to let family and friends know he was safe. He’s hoping IFAW will return to the island next week to assist in transporting the dogs and cats to the U.S. He’s also hoping to go with them and be reunited with his family.
Consider donating to St. John Animal Care Center to help the animals of St. John during this difficult time.
Featured Image Source: Facebook/IFAW
You may remember the teensy-weensy Chihuahua pup whose story went viral after he was abandoned in an airport bathroom along with a note from his owner. While opinions about Chewy’s former mom – a self proclaimed victim of domestic abuse – varied, everyone ultimately wanted the same thing: a happy outcome for Chewy. Now, almost three months after his story garnered international attention, the tiny pup has gotten his fairytale ending. He’s been adopted!
“Hi! I’m Chewy! My owner was in an abusive relationship and couldn’t afford me to get on the flight,” the note attached to the three-month-old dog’s carrier read. “She didn’t want to leave me with all her heart but she has NO other option. My ex-boyfriend kicked my dog when we were fighting and he has a big knot on his head. He probably needs a vet. I love Chewy sooo much please love and take care of him. xoxoxoxo”
Chewy did initially show signs of abuse. Patricia Montano, who has been fostering Chewy since his rescue, told KSNV News:
“He had a pretty good bump on the side of his head. He also had some really bad pain in his jaw. He yawned, and there was just this gut-wrenching scream.”
Chewy’s heartbreaking story inspired thousands of potential pawrents to offer to adopt him. This week, with his injuries healed and his sassy personality fully developed, Chewy has found his forever home! The identity of his new Las Vegas-based family has not been released in order to protect their privacy.
Sadly, Chewy’s former owner has not been found, leaving many to wonder about her fate. Montano takes comfort in knowing that wherever she is, she has likely seen the coverage of Chewy’s rescue and can take comfort in knowing that he is safe and happy.
“No, she never came forward and I can see why – she was really in a horrible situation. I could see why she didn’t come forward but I think she’s seen that he’s OK and he’s a happy boy,” said Montano.
H/T & Featured Image via KSNV News
Sitting at a cafe the other day, I overheard one of the staff lamenting her dog’s behavior. “He’s totally potty trained,” she said, “but whenever I’m away or not paying attention, he pees in this one corner of the living room.” When a dog is housebroken 95% of the time, how do you prevent accidents that other 5% of the time?
Potty Training an Adult Dog
A dog that has accidents a few times a week or only in one location is not fully housebroken.
When it comes to potty training, there’s very little difference between training a puppy and an adult. The biggest challenge is ourselves—it’s hard to accept that a dog that only has accidents a few times a week or only in one location is not fully housebroken.
But the truth is, if you’re getting regular accidents indoors, there’s something about the concept of potty training that your dog simply doesn’t understand.
Unless you have a senior dog experiencing issues of incontinence* or Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, your best bet is to spend some time on potty training basics to make sure your dog is on board.
How to House Train an Older Dog
Follow these three simple rules for happy housebreaking!
Celebrate and reward when your dog toilets in the appropriate location.
- Cheerlead with a happy voice immediately after your dog has completed the act. Carry around some treats in your pocket to sweeten the celebration. The feedback must be instantaneous; if you wait until you return home to celebrate and reward, your dog won’t understand why.
- If your dog is allowed to potty in the yard, make sure to celebrate them there, too—not just on walks. Clarify every location they are allowed to go.
The feedback must be instantaneous.
Catch your dog in the act of having an accident and remind them where they’re supposed to go.
- This is a very important piece of the puzzle to your dog’s understanding of housebreaking. If you see your dog peeing or pooping in the house, immediately make a noise to interrupt and get their attention (for example, “Uh uh!” or clapping your hands).
- Quickly go to your dog and gently take them to the correct outdoor location. Hover in that correct location with your dog for a couple of minutes. If they start going again, celebrate and reward. If they don’t, return inside and clean up the mess.
- Clean up the mess using an enzymatic cleaner like Nature’s Miracle, which will dissolve the pheromones that a regular household cleaner won’t remove. Dogs tend to return to locations where they smell those pheromones to urinate or defecate again.
- Don’t yell or chase your dog when you catch them having an accident. If you’re too scary, your dog may actually have more accidents.
- Don’t punish your dog for an accident you don’t see happen. By the time you find the accident, they will forget they’ve done it at all! All you can do is clean up the accident and try to catch the next one.
Don’t punish your dog for an accident you don’t see happen.
Supervise, supervise, supervise
- If you’re not watching your dog, prevent them from entering carpeted rooms or from accessing the plant they always pee on. Confine your dog to a safe space where an accident won’t matter, like a bathroom or kitchen with a tile floor, an X-pen or a crate.
- If your dog has an accident in that confinement space, it’s ok. Teach them first that everywhere else in the house is off-limits for peeing and pooping first. Once they’ve learned that, it will be easy to generalize the information to the final confinement location.
- If your dog consistently pees or poops in the same location, block that location with a piece of furniture until your housebreaking is complete. When you are ready to remove that piece of furniture, only do so when you are present and watching your dog.
- If you’re hanging out and supervising your dog, block access to other rooms so that they can’t sneak into another room and have an accident that you might miss.
Additional tips for potty training an adult dog
- If you are using potty pads, resist the urge to spread them out all over the house or in all of the locations your dog has peed before. Place them in one location, and one location only.
- Putting your dog on a potty schedule can be helpful. Dogs have an excellent sense of time, so once they start to catch on to the rules, they’ll know they have a potty break coming up.
* If you have a senior dog with toileting issues, the problem may be beyond their control. Don’t despair! Belly bands can make the problem tolerable.
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